The most current RealClearPolitics.com average of all polls released July 17 through Sunday gauging national support for the GOP presidential candidates showed Romney in the lead with 19.7 percent, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 15.4 percent. (Perry is expected to announce his candidacy next week.) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has 11.6 percent, 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has 11 percent, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has 10.5 percent, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has 8.7 percent and wealthy businessman Herman Cain, of Georgia, has 5.9 percent support.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.